Private hospitals added to Covid-19 vaccine roll out sites
Private hospitals added to Covid-19 vaccine roll out sites

The vaccine rollout sites has been expanded to include 13 private hospitals as the Sisonke Programme gains momentum.

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There’s much that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s government has yet to explain to South Africans about the Covid-19 vaccine procurement. Getty Images
What South Africans should know, but don't, about government's Covid-19 vaccine procurement

The Covid-19 pandemic has again highlighted the challenges facing public procurement in South Africa. The Auditor-General's reports on Covid-19 related procurement and media coverage have all have flagged opacity, corruption and mismanagement on a wide scale.

By Geo Quinot 1 day ago

#OrchidsandOnions: New advert is Price-less
#OrchidsandOnions: New advert is Price-less

Entertaining: Insights into culture, language and prejudices; Sunday Times booze advertorial sets new standard for media capture...

By Brendan Seery 2 days ago

“We saw patients dying for avoidable reasons. They were dying because masks that came loose were not being replaced,” says MSF Covid-19 intervention nursing activities manager, Caroline Masunda. Chris Allan
Small things can save lives: coping with Covid-19 in resource-scarce hospitals

Everywhere, patients have died from Covid-19 when patient numbers exceeded the capacity of the health system. The number of doctors, nurses and oxygen points just wasn't enough.

By Gilles van Cutsem 2 days ago

The second consignment of Johnson and Johnson vaccines arrived in SA on Saturday. Image: Twitter
DPE hits back at disgruntled pilots over vaccine flight claims

The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) dismissed claims made by a pilots' association that the South African Airways flight transporting a consignment of Covid-19 vaccines was an unnecessary expensive exercise as untrue...

3 days ago

4 easy ways to help your friendly neighbourhood musician survive Covid-19
4 easy ways to help your friendly neighbourhood musician survive Covid-19

Here are a few ways you can put your hard-earned randelas to good use by helping your favourite musicians.

By Tecla Ciolfi 3 days ago

Image: Twitter
More than 67,000 health workers vaccinated so far

More than 67,000 health workers have been inoculated in the 10 days since the national Covid-19 vaccination kicked off.

3 days ago

President Cyril Ramaphosa
SA moves to Covid-19 Alert Level 1

Due to the progressive drop in new Covid-19 cases over the past few weeks, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country moved Level 3 to Level 1 of the Risk Adjusted Strategy with effect from 28 February 2021.

3 days ago

Inequitable distribution and vaccine hesitancy are key challenges for Africa
Inequitable distribution and vaccine hesitancy are key challenges for Africa

In a webinar hosted by the BroadReach Group, global and African health experts came together to share challenges and solutions around mass Covid-19 immunisation across Africa.

26 Feb 2021

4 tips on how to plan the perfect pandemic wedding
4 tips on how to plan the perfect pandemic wedding

Getting married during a worldwide pandemic is not ideal, however, it is possible. A study revealed that 96% of couples were not willing to cancel their weddings in 2020, but rather move them to a later date in 2021.

26 Feb 2021

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is effective against the strain of SARS-CoV-2 that is dominant in South Africa. Illustration: Lisa Venter
Johnson & Johnson vaccine looks excellent for South Africa in first published detailed analysis

Interim results from clinical trials of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be presented to the United States' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday 26 February in an effort to obtain an emergency licence for its distribution. The briefing document for the FDA reports 66% efficacy for all cases and 85% efficacy for severe cases, as well as a favourable safety profile.

By Michael Cherry 25 Feb 2021

Ahmed Banderker, CEO, AfroCentric Group
3 ways the Budget Speech impacts healthcare in SA

From a healthcare perspective, this year's Budget Speech is significant in three key ways. Obviously the main message of this year's budgeting process is the prioritisation of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout. But it's also clear that the minister and his team focused on supporting economic growth, which correlates with medical aid membership levels. Although National Health Insurance (NHI) initiatives were less prominent in the speech this year, funding to keep these in motion was included in the detail, continuing to build towards accessible quality healthcare for all South Africans.

By Ahmed Banderker 25 Feb 2021

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